- Textile Designer
- Art Director
- Graphic Artist
- Multimedia Designer
You’re a creative thinker who seeks the world differently. Now, turn your talent into an exciting new career in fashion by studying a fashion designing course.
What do fashion designing graduates do?
As a fashion designer, you’ll be responsible for planning, designing and documents garments, products and patterns for production.
As a fashion designer, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Consulting with clients and stakeholders, to determine the objectives and constraints of a design brief;
- Researching and analysing brief requirements and selecting appropriate design medium, fabrics and tools;
- Reviewing references and researching creative elements;
- Producing sketches, illustrations and diagrams to communicate design concepts;
- Providing informed advice on use of fabrics, shape, cut, colour, patterns and trends in fashion design to clients and stakeholders;
- Detailing and documenting a selected design for production;
- Supervising or carrying out the production of the design, including selecting and specifying materials;
- Preparing and commissioning prototypes and samples;
- Supervising the production and preparation of designs; and
- Managing the execution of fashion design projects, including managing and briefing staff and managing budgets and other resources.
You may also be responsible for managing accounts and invoicing, marketing your services and seeking new clients, and connecting clients with other creative professionals, such as photographers, designers and stylists, depending on the nature of your work.
You'll be qualified to work in other roles in creative fields, including working as a:
- Graphic Artist
You’ll thrive working in the fashion design industry if you:
- Are creative
- Can express yourself well
- Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Have strong research skills
- Are resilient
- Are curious about the world
- Can work independently
- Are proactive and enterprising
- Enjoy detailed work
- Have excellent organisational and project management skills
- Enjoy problem-solving and testing
- Work well with people
- Are patient and empathetic
- Have big ideas
- Enjoy practical work
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the while the fashion design industry in Australia is small, it has grown over the past decade and job opportunities in the sector are expected to continue expanding until at least 2020.
Currently employing approximately 11,600 people, the industry is expected to grow strongly until at least 2020, where it will employ approximately 13,300 people.
The majority of jobs in the fashion design industry in Australia are available in Victoria. Job Outlook reports that approximately 39 per cent of all fashion designing jobs in Australia are available in Victoria, and approximately 37 per cent of jobs are available in New South Wales. Very few jobs in fashion design are available in the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.
PayScale reports that fashion designers can expect to earn a salary between $39,000 and $88,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $61,000 per year. While entry-level fashion designers can expect to earn a competitive salary of approximately $50,00 per year in the first years of their career, a strong, positive relationship between experience and earning capacity exists in the industry, with designers with 20 years or more of experience earning on average approximately $88,000 per year.
PayScale notes that approximately one in four fashion designers has more than 15 years of professional experience, indicating that people remain working in this field for the duration of the careers.